Belton gymnasium owner says variety and fun are keys to fitness

December 17, 2018 - 6:06 am
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KMBZ's Rebecca Crockett embarked on a series, The Shape of Fitness, with a visit to a gym that offers obstacle courses similar to the ones on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior."

The facility in Belton is called Chaos Course. It has climbing walls, punching bags, balance beams and aerial silks, like the ones used by acrobats in some circuses. 

The idea is to provide variety so people will keep coming back.

"We train people specifically for the show "American Ninja Warrior," and we've had people go every year and compete with us as our team, but we also do a lot more," said Elizabeth Babcock, owner and trainer. "We're a traditional martial arts gym, we have non-traditional self-defense, we have jiu-jitsu, we have stretch coaches that are crazy circus folk."

The best part about their obstacles is that they are modifiable, so they can be used by people of different fitness levels.

"We want people to know that fitness doesn't have to be a burden, that you can literally come in, and play and have fun, and be in a really healthy environment with people that are going to support that, but also a place that you want to be," Babcock said.

At Chaos they believe that if people put in their time and money, they might as well have a good time. 

It is not unusual for customers to just hang out, socialize and play after their workouts, Babcock said.

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